Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Confession or Penance)
Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s merciful love for us. He doesn’t want us to fall, fail, or put ourselves down for a mistake; He wants us to know He’s on our side. So, He waits for us with open arms when we come to Him with repentant hearts. We practice Confession by admitting our shortcomings to a priest, because the priest is “in persona Christi” (“in the person of Christ”) in this sacrament. We are all in need of healing—who better to help us than Jesus. Confession is not about punishment, but about making things right again. The most important thing is that we are honest with ourselves and with God, so we can receive His love and grace.
Preparing for First Reconciliation usually happens within the formation for First Communion, or within RCIA for those being fully welcomed into the Catholic Church.
First Communion and First Reconciliation at Saint Brigid follows a two year preparation process, traditionally starting in the first grade, and are completed through the Faith Formation program for children. If your child is older than 2nd grade, we still follow a two year process through the regular classes, but with some additional focus during the second year on the study of the sacraments. You may contact Gayle to enroll your children in the Faith Formation program.
Weekly Reconciliation is Saturday 4 - 5 pm or by appointment. Penance Services before Easter and Christmas.